A working royal monastery set in the former palace of King Charles I and Isabel of Portugal, Monasterio de las Descalzas Reales was founded by the royal couple’s daughter in 1559. Luxuriously decorated and filled with high-value objects, the monastery can only be seen via a guided tour. This grandeur was funded by the dowries of the widow and spinster noblewomen that came to the convent in the 16th and 17th centuries. Admire the masterpiece paintings, huge tapestries, ornate alters, grand sculptures, and significant religious relics. Book in advance as tours have limited capacity. Plan to visit Monasterio de las Descalzas Reales during your Madrid vacation using our convenient Madrid trip builder .
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Monasterio de las Descalzas Reales Reviews
Tras mucho tiempo intentando entrar, al fin había un hueco y pude entrar (también es verdad que las entradas se pueden conseguir de forma anticipada por la web de Patrimonio Nacional). En el convento ... more »After a long time trying to enter, there was finally a gap and I was able to enter (it is also true that tickets can be obtained in advance by the National Heritage website). In the convent there is real religious life and for this reason the visits are always guided. In my case the guide made a correct explanation, but I don't think he knew how to convey the great importance of this artistic ensemble. I think the best is at the beginning of the tour (impressive paintings on the staircase), and in the area of the huge tapestries. By the way, the sisters often enjoy it!!!
The monastery can be visited only in groups. The guide who accompanied us spoke in Spanish but she did often a summary in English ( because only 5 persons were speaking English from the group ). What ... more »
Surely a place to visit if you stay several days in Madrid, the tapestry are magnificent if you think how old are them and the work needed to be done. However not recommended if you're in a hurry because, at least in the weekend, you need to be long ahead the suggested time to be on the top of the queue and be sure you're among the first 20. They only received groups of 20 people at the time, with break of 30 minutes or so. Also, better to check the English tour in advance because most of them are in Spanish. I went there on a Friday afternoon, arrived at 3 pm for the 4 pm tour (in Spanish) and the queue behind me was very long!
Another real gem in Madrid; definitely see this monastery if you’re an art lover. Unique and well worth a visit. Buy a ticket early on weekends
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